Nembe communities ‎reject Agip’s Christmas gift

Communities in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on Sunday rejected a goat and 10 bags of rice presented to the elders and people of the area by the management of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NOAC, for Christmas celebration.

The Christmas gift to the host communities in Nembe was reportedly turned down by the Chairman of the Nembe Oil and Gas Committee, Nengi James, on behalf of eight communities in the local government.

The people of Nembe were reportedly irked because the oil company intended the gift to be shared by the people of the communities and fishing settlements.

In a statement issued on Sunday and made available to journalists in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, Mr. James described the gift as “a corporate embarrassment to the traditional institution and the good people of Nembe Kingdom.”

He said that Agip Oil’s gift of ten bags of rice and one goat to a community of about five hundred thousand people is a clear demonstration of the multinational company’s crass insensitivity to the community which is a major hub of Agip’s operations.

Mr. James said that the people of Nembe are contented people who will never be cowed by any Greek gift that will cause disaffection among the people of the area.

He said Nembe is in dire need of development and employment for the teeming unemployed youth and added that the community is also in need of environmental protection.

Mr. James warned that if the concerns are not properly handled, they could affect the ‎harmonious relationship and peaceful coexistence between the company and the community.

When contacted, the Community Relations Manager of Agip, Onyeaghaa Dan, refused to speak. He also did not respond to text messages sent to his phone.


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  • olaoluwa

    Agip is owned by ENI, a company that banned the giving of corporate gifts such as these to individuals, host communities and corporate organisations. In ENI, Shell, Total, Chevron, Mobil and other IOCs, such gifts are tagged bribery and corruption. How come same companies support such activities in Nigeria.
    Thank God the Nembe community rejected the gifts and insisted on community development projects this time. I support the action of the Nembe people and wish other communities in the region will do the same to both the ENI and other IOCs.
    It will also serve as a deterant if the appropriate government agencies such as the NNPC, ICPC, EFCC, etc. can sanction corporate organisations that encourages or participates in activities of this nature, which we all know is not internationally acceptable best practice.

  • Mamapikin

    Poor goat. It should immediately be released. Those elders! Must they be given Christmas present by Agip? Is the company not paying its taxes? Why should they expect Christmas goats and bags of rice from agip? And when its easter time in 3 months, they will ask for goats from agip again, which when they don’t get, will make them start kidnapping European engineers working for agip. Guess what guys? America is no more interested in your bloody bonny light because of all this blackmail. They say they produce their shale oil now. But look more carefully. They’ve increased imports from Saudi Arabia!
    I know you think China is your hossana. Guess what. Russia and China have an ongoing romance now as russia remains the world’s biggest petroleum producer.
    Shine your eyes you illtrate so called elders. Leave Christmas goat and ten bags of rice issue for now. Forget this backward stomach infrastructure story. Presidential election is in February. You have in your hands a weapon that can secure the future of your children and unborn generations.
    Vote out PDP. Drive away this confused and corrupt presidency. Why do you fight over goat and ten bags of rice now? Because you’re hungry. Who has made you hungry? Not agip. But the government agip pays its taxes to.
    All power to the people. Breaking pipeline, kidnapping agip’s white people, demanding for more goats and bags if rice from agip, oh ye elders doesn’t make you look strong by any standard. It makes you look weak, hungry, backward and mean.
    Do the right thing. Get rid of the PDP now…remove them completely from every level government.